March roared in this year all over California with robust weather—rain, snow and wind—a fitting reminder that the end of winter and the beginning of spring is always a time for preparation, action and, of course, change. Your professional calendars are filling with events and projects for the rest of the year, and beyond, and everything is running at “full speed ahead” including CLA events such as Day in the District with your legislators as well as workshops and, don’t forget CLA’s Spring Fling! Branding, technology, Common Core, and RDA—CLA is bringing it to you.
As you move forward, please give some thought to another event that is already, I hope, on your annual schedule: the CLA conference. As with a garden, its richness and bounty will depend on the preparation and work that goes into it in the early spring. It is up to you. Please help create a conference that will energize us all.
As you know, this year’s theme is Be The Change. The program planning committee is eager to hear your stories. What has surprised you? What hasn’t worked? How did you pull a team of colleagues or community members together to achieve a shared goal? What’s next? What would you do if you had more resources…or less? How are you actively listening and responding to community needs? To your city, county or district needs? What has changed you as a library staff member or library supporter? How did you bring a community together? How do you help change lives? Small changes are sometimes all we can accomplish in established organizations, but those small changes can ultimately grow into bigger things. Those who create small changes are delighted to hear of other small changes and eager to work together to create large changes. This year’s conference will provide almost a maker space for change agents. Please let us hear from you. The proposal site is open until March 14, 2014 at 5:00pm PDT.
As you think about how you and your library are having a deep impact in your communities, please let us know about your colleagues who have made those changes possible, those who really ARE being the change. Honoring CLA members who are making a difference is one of most important things CLA does, but we need your help to identify the best of the best. Please consider nominating outstanding candidates for student scholarships; awards for support of literacy and intellectual freedom; awards for excellence in technical services, technology and public relations; and awards for exceptional service and contributions and support of the profession by colleagues and library supporters as well. You can find additional information about the awards on the CLA website. The deadline for all awards and scholarships is March 28, 2014 at 5:00pm PDT.
Many thanks go to those who volunteer their time to make CLA a strong professional association providing educational opportunities and advocacy. If you aren’t already active, please consider getting involved. Your participation is not only beneficial to the library community, but getting involved is also another valuable professional development opportunity that will expand your network and make the change you want to see happen—whatever that change is—happen faster.
CLA is very pleased to announce that Luis Herrera, Director of San Francisco Public Library, has agreed to act as California's ALA Chapter Councillor until the elections later this year. He will also serve as a member of the CLA Board of Directors until then as well.
Thank you for responding to the recent CLA Member Survey. If there’s something else on your mind about CLA, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Again, thanks for all you do.
President, California Library Association